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Indoor Plant Maintenance Tips

Tips on Maintaining Indoor Plants

Why have we provided tips on maintaining indoor plants?  Because indoor plants should be an essential component of every interior design.  Greenery brightens up indoor spaces and is known to have mood-boosting qualities and more importantly, health benefits. 


Further indoor plants are a great option for those who have little yard space for an outdoor garden or for those who live in climates with severely cold winters.


Indoor plants are great for creating a more welcoming room in your house or offices. Other than being a colorful decoration, indoor plants can also purify the air, improve your health, and help increase your focus, and productivity.

So, if you’re caring for indoor plants for the first time, our ultimate guide below will provide you with the necessary information to allow your green friends to thrive.  


By providing your plant with a good environment and the correct amount of water and nutrients, you can make sure that your indoor plant thrives.

Providing your Plant with Consistent Water

 Keep potting soil moist, but not wet.

If your soil is either too dry or at the other extreme, overly swampy, it can damage the plant, and eventually kill it.  Plants with lush, thick leaves require more water than plants with waxy or leathery leaves. 


Unfortunately, there is no specific frequency that works for all indoor plants.  Instead, what you must do is determine what kind of plant you have and follow the tips below on how often to water it. 


Stick your finger in the soil to determine how wet it is below the surface.

If you poke your finger into the soil up to your knuckle, you can feel if your plant needs more water. If the soil feels damp, then you don’t need to water it.


Signs of overhydration include discolored leaves, lack of leaf growth, loss of leaves, and soft rotten patches.


Signs of dehydration include slow leaf growth, brown and dried leaf edges, and lower leaves becoming yellow and curled.


If mold starts to form on the surface of the soil or there’s standing water at the bottom of the container, you’ve over watered your plant.  If you notice standing water in or under the pot, empty it out, so that your plant is not sitting in it. Standing water can kill plants.


Use water that is at room temperature.

68 degrees Fahrenheit or 20 degrees Celsius is the best temperature for the water that you’re using to water your plants.  An easy way I recommend of not using water that is either to hot or too cold is to leave the water out before watering your plants and allow it to become room temperature.


If your water is too hot, it can cause root damage and plant shock, potentially killing your indoor plants.  Water that is too cold causes dormancy in your plant, which will stifle any existing and future vegetation.


Select a pot that has good drainage.

The amount of drainage in the pot you’re keeping your plant in is very important because over or under watering your plant can damage or kill it.  Make sure that there are drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.


Materials like plastic, metal, and glass will absorb much less water than ceramic or clay.  If you are using a cachepot (which has no holes), water can build up and kill your plant.


Caring For Your Indoor Plant

Select an area in your house or office that gets adequate sunlight.

Plants require sunlight in order to undergo photosynthesis.  The quality, duration, and intensity of light all affect a plant’s growth.  Avoid putting the plant in direct sunlight. 


Instead, give them plenty of indirect light by putting them in a well-lit room. Fluorescent lights can work as an alternative to sunlight for many plants.


Don’t move your plants around

Plants acclimate themselves to their surroundings fairly slowly, so it’s best that you don’t move them around a lot. This also includes putting it in a place where there would be a drastic change in temperature. 


Moving a plant suddenly from a darker area will have a negative effect on the plant.  If you want to move the plant, take it to the new area for an hour a day. Slowly increase the amount of time it is left in the new area until it has fully adjusted.


 Increase the humidity in the room

Dry air may serve certain plants well, like cacti, but most plants require humidity, especially tropical plants. You can buy a room humidifier with a cool mist, and make sure it’s close enough to provide moisture in the air, but not get the foliage or flowers wet. 


A less expensive option to buying a humidifier is to fill a tray with pebbles, add water up to just below the tops of the pebbles.  As the water evaporates, it will humidify the air around the plant. Grouping your plants together also helps raise humidity.

Regularly prune your plant and keep an eye on it.

Removing dead and dried out leaves and foliage allows better air circulation around the plant.  Also paying attention to whether more and more leaves are dying can give you a clue as to your plant’s health.


Pruning erratic growth will also keep your plant looking its best.   A plant that isn’t pruned can grow out of control and become a mess eyesore.


Also keep an eye on the roots.  Roots from a plant can outgrow the pot or vase.  If you notice a lot of root along the surface, it probably is time to consider moving your plant to a larger pot.


Maintaining Indoor Plants - Let Us Help

Getting ideas from the experts will surely help you end any confusion you might have about indoor plants.  


Inside plants is the expert in this field; we have the trained professionals that know all about indoor plants and have been maintaining indoor plants for residences and businesses for over 41 ears.


Call us now for free consultation, at 951-371-4637.


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